Visitors leave with nothing, as The Meringues secure 2-1 home win against Barca

Barcelona succumbed to an away defeat against Real Madrid at the Alfredo di Stéfano

Visitors leave with nothing, as The Meringues secure 2-1 home win against Barca
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Real Madrid beats Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday at the Alfredo di Stéfano. Both Madrid and Barca arrived on the back of wins. Madrid were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run after winning their previous two games against Eibar at home and Celta Vigo away, by 2-0 and 3-1 respectively. Barca were coming from consecutive wins against Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad. After today's result, Madrid and Barca currently occupy 1st and 3rd spots in the league, with 66 points and 65 points respectively after 30 matches.

The Meringues started the first half well, thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema, 13 minutes in. They then scored again, increasing their advantage thanks to a goal from Toni Kroos, 28 minutes in to secure a 2-0 win.

Barca took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Oscar Mingueza, 60 minutes in, leaving the final score at 2-1.

For Madrid, Alvaro Odriozola, Marco Asensio, Isco, Mariano Diaz and Marcelo, came on for Lucas Vazquez, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior. Barca brought on Antoine Griezmann, Sergi Roberto, Moriba Ilaix, Martin Braithwaite and Trincao, to replace Sergino Dest, Sergio Busquets, Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembele and Pedri.

The referee booked six players. Nacho and Casemiro from Madrid, who saw yellow cards and Casemiro (2 yellow cards), sent off with a red, as well as for Barca Pedri, Ronald Araujo and Jordi Alba received yellows.

Madrid will next travel to Cádiz, while Barca will face Getafe at home.

Technical card:
Real Madrid:Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Sergino Dest, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong, Jordi Alba, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Pedri
Barcelona:Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Karim Benzema
Stadium:the Alfredo di Stéfano
Goals:Karim Benzema (1-0, min. 13), Toni Kroos (2-0, min. 28) and Oscar Mingueza (2-1, min. 60)

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